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Bordeaux

2008 Chateau Palmer

Rich and concentrated, touched easily by toasty wood. The tannins are so sweet, blending easily into the powerful texture of black berry fruits with, hints of licorice. This is a ripe wine, its acidity always present. Read more
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95 POINTS
Roger Voss - Wine Enthusiast

Rich and concentrated, touched easily by toasty wood. The tannins are so sweet, blending easily into the powerful texture of black berry fruits with, hints of licorice. This is a ripe wine, its acidity always present.

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95 POINTS
Jane Anson - Decanter Magazine

This has a deeper grip of fruit, one of the best so far, delivering spades of Margaux typicity and a gorgeous balance of seamlessly linked fruit, tannin and acidity. This is the right time to be drinking this wine, but it will still unfurl further. Flavours of pencil lead, brambly blackberry fruits and a cedar swirl. A gold for me, in a silver vintage.

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94 POINTS
Roger Voss - Wine Enthusiast

93-95 Barrel sample. With an higher proportion of Merlot than is usual even at Palmer, this wine, goes for lovely fresh, soft fruits. There is a touch of spice, juicy red berries, finally getting to a depth of dusty, chewy tannins.

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Peter Moser - Falstaff Magazine

Dark ruby, purple reflections, subtle brightening on the rim, delicately floral cherry fruit, subtle wood spice, a hint of nougat, herbal touch, fine, typical bouquet. Medium complexity, fine red berry nuances, subtle tannins that are well integrated, already easy to drink, appears somewhat old-fashioned, an elegant food wine.

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93 POINTS
James Suckling

Palmer knows what to do. Plenty of blackberry and licorice aromas and flavors follow through to full body, with chewy tannins and a vanilla, cedar and chocolate aftertaste. Needs time to mellow. Layered and beautiful. Best after 2012.

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91 POINTS
Wine Spectator

Offers dark plum, mulled currant and blackberry notes, with flashes of roasted apple wood and maduro tobacco, plus cocoa and espresso. There's nicely rounded flesh and a long, integrated finish that has some extra grip. Clearly apart from the Margaux pack in 2008. Best from 2013 through 2019. 7,080 cases made.

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Dark ruby, purple reflections, subtle brightening on the rim, delicately floral cherry fruit, subtle wood spice, a hint of nougat, herbal touch, fine, typical bouquet. Medium complexity, fine red berry nuances, subtle tannins that are well integrated, already easy to drink, appears somewhat old-fashioned, an elegant food wine. Falstaff 94 Points Peter Moser

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